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Windows 7

Codenamed Vienna and Blackcomb, Windows 7 is an operating system and the successor to Windows Vista. It was officially released by Microsoft to the public on October 22, 2009. Below is an image of the Windows 7 Desktop.

Windows 7 desktop

Windows 7 minimum system requirements

1GHz processor or faster 32-bit (x86) or 64-bit (x64)
1GB of RAM for 32-bit or 2GB of RAM for 64-bit
16GB of hard drive space for 32-bit or 20GB for 64-bit
DirectX 9 graphics device with WDDM 1.0 or higher.

Windows 7 new features

Some of the new features introduced in Windows 7 include the following:

  • Aero Shake
  • Aero Snap
  • Faster start-up time (i.e. Windows loads faster)
  • Support for multi-touch on touchscreen displays (i.e. using 2 fingers for scrolling)
  • Virtual hard disk support
  • A better overall performance compared to previous versions of Windows.

What Windows came before Windows 7?

For the end user, Windows Vista came before Windows 7.

What version of Windows came after Windows 7?

For the end user, Microsoft Windows 8 came after Windows 7.

Also see: Operating system terms, XPM, Vista, Windows 8